Sep 13, 2014

Bowmore Dorus Mor 10yo...

Bowmore Dorus Mor 10yo (55.1%): This bottle is actually the 4th batch of the small batch "Tempest" release of Bowmore. But because the Tempest Winery from Washington State has the rights of the name within US, Bowmore couldn't use the name when they brought this expression to the other side of the pond. Instead they ran an online campaign to choose a new name for it and the name Dorus Mor got the highest vote. The spirit is distilled using Islay and Scottish barley only which is malted at Bowmore's own malt house. After the distillation it is filled in first-fill bourbon casks and aged in Bowmore's legendary Vault No.1 warehouse under the sea level. The batch is created by Rachel Barrie and only 2,400 bottles have been made available worldwide. Color: Bright deep yellow gold. Nose: Wintergreen drops, eucalyptus leaves, cold ocean spray and fresh cut peat blocks. Coconut macaroons, rubber bands and seaweed. Water brings greener and also some citrusy aromas: Bitter greens, arugula, tangerine peel and yellow grapefruit juice. Palate: Spearmint leaves and cucumber slices in your gin-tonic and lime zest. Some cream puffs, vanilla bean scrapings and high end blood orange sorbet. Solid peat, cigar ash and milk chocolate. A few drops of water brings earthy notes like dry black garden soil, crushed chipotle pepper, dried sour cherries and roasted pine nuts. Finish: Long with black pepper dust and campfire ash. Overall: An Islay whisky as it should be and exactly how I love it. Good amount of peat, matured in ex-bourbon barrels, still young and vibrant but tamed. Nothing fancy or experimental but solid and very firm. Pretty happy that I own a bottle now...